"When we hear music like this, we know that freely improvised music is an international language that crosses all borders, bringing the musicians and listeners closer together, like one spirit/force."
Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
The latest Laoban release Kay-El takes its name from Kuala Lumpur - the home of LaoBan Records. The record is a double trio album featuring Frank Gratkowski, Achim Kaufmann and Wilbert De Joode with the trio of Yong Yandsen, Darren Moore and Kok Siew Wai.
Recorded live in KL in January 2020, this beautifully recorded album captures stunning playing from the full ensemble and tracks by both trios. Although it was the first time the two trio's had played together, each member allows the music space to breathe while being ready to strike with reflex punctuations.
Pre-order for CD and digital download (with one bonus track) is available on Bandcamp from July 24 and ships from August 28.
LaoBan Records is an independent Malaysian experimental music label. The label focuses on releasing improvised experimental
music and serves to document a group of artists who have performed and developed together through exchanges made within South East Asia and beyond....more
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